On January 9th, 2013, Tumblr user andrewpauldavis submitted a screenshot of an Instagram post in which he commented "Oh I love hot dogs" on a photograph of a pair of legs in a bathtub (shown below). Within six years, the post gained over 55,500 notes.
On August 13th, 2013, Brault shared the photos and linked to the Tumblr site on his personal blog Bob Le Chef. On August 18th, an Imgur photo album of pictures taken from Tumblr was posted to the /r/pics subreddit, where it received more than 5,600 upvotes and 240 comments within 72 hours. In the following days, Hot Dog Legs was featured on Buzzfeed, Kotaku, The Daily Dot, Business Insider, Mashable, LA Times, MSN News, Yahoo! News and the Huffington Post. The Atlantic also reported on the single topic blog in the light of body dysmorphia issues, describing the site as “a disturbing example of Tumblr’s body image issues.” The following day, Hot Dog Legs was also featured on the LA Times, MSN News, Yahoo! News and the Huffington Post. In December 2013, Hot Dogs Legs was ranked in the third place on Yahoo's list of top 10 most viral blogs on Tumblr in 2013.
 International Business Times – Hot Dogs Legs: The Latest Viral Tumblr Poses A Simple Question, Legs Or Hot Dogs? [PHOTOS]
 Yahoo! News – 'Hot Dog Legs' leads summer's hottest Tumblr blogs